This weekend an event is taking place that is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for people of all ages! I will admit that I do have a sweet tooth and really find the concept of having a healthy Halloween of very little interest to me!
So many of the recipes that you will find online will definitely play on the fun and spooky factor of Halloween with many different creepy creations with ideas such as worm-ridden dirt cups to kitty litter cakes.
These recipes are full of junk with lots of sugar, chemicals, additives, genetically-modified ingredients that can cause so many horrible health issues it’s a wonder we allow our kids to eat any of it let alone engage in the Halloween load!
I have so many different Halloween ideas I want to share with you that I have split this post into two! (Part 2 will be posted on Friday) I am going to give you some tips, tricks, and treats that will help us all eat and feel better without compromising your freaky Halloween treats and festivities.
The first order of business is to give you the top 5 easy tips to making your Halloween practices a little healthier without any deprivation.
- Eat a large healthy meal before you send your kids out to meet their Halloween night’s health doom. This will help your kids to feel full and not indulge in all their candy when they collect it. Your kids will still have fun but will have filled up on healthy food instead of getting tons of sugar and artificial junk all night long.
- Instead of giving your kids a large container to collect their candy, give them a smaller Halloween pail. There are so many different types out there without you having to spend lots of money. This allows your child to still engage in the trick or treating. However, it takes less candy to fill the pail making your child extremely excited about all the candy they have received. Kids aren’t the only one playing tricks this Halloween! Save the health of your child by first downsizing on the pail size.
- Get involved with your child after they have finished trick or treating and help them sort their winnings into 4 categories: healthy, so-so, unhealthy, and disgusting candy. Throw away the unhealthy candy as well as the candy your child doesn’t like. This allows you to sort out right away the candy your child doesn’t like so no one will eat what they aren’t crazy about just because it is there. Another idea I learned from a kindergarten teacher was to offer your child a dime for every piece of unhealthy candy they sell to you and then you throw it away.
- Set a 5 piece a day limit. By setting a boundary, you can give your kids their Halloween treats without sacrificing their healthy substantially and it keeps you from having to deal with all those sugar highs and sugar crashes! Believe me; it will make your life much more pleasant!
- Throw it away after a few days. Getting candy is all about participating in all that Halloween fun, not about the candy consumption 2 weeks later. You don’t need that processed sugar, those rushes, and those calories. Serve your family well and just get rid of it.
Well, those are the top 5 tips I have for you to help with your health on Halloween. Part 2 of this series will get into making some fun treats that are healthy and festive! You don’t have to sacrifice creativity in order to eat healthy. Stay tuned for part 2 so you can have a healthfully haunted Halloween! This is one post you are not going to want to miss!
Before I leave you for the day, I just wanted to share a little Halloween pumpkin craft that you can do with your kids (heck, you can even do it!) that will help them with their creative abilities and to make something to add to the Halloween decorations. Your kids will have tons of fun with this!
All you need is a small pumpkin and left over craft materials such as fabric, buttons, ribbons, and anything else you can think of! Oh, and you’ll need to help them with a hot glue gun in order to glue it all on the pumpkin how they want it.
You take the pumpkin and add the various craft materials by gluing them on to the pumpkin in order to decorate your pumpkin. What is your pumpkin going to be for Halloween?
Have fun and enjoy your Halloween! Check back on Friday for part 2!
Do you have any Halloween traditions or ideas for other readers on how to make Halloween healthy without sacrificing fun? Leave me a comment below and let me know! Don’t leave your friends out of the Halloween fun; so click on the buttons below to share the love!